Solar eclipse of May 18, 1901

A total solar eclipse occurred on May 18, 1901. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. The path of totality crossed French Madagascar (the part now belonging to Madagascar), Réunion, British Mauritius (now Mauritius), Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), and British New Guinea (now belonging to Papua New Guinea).

Solar eclipse of May 18, 1901
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Map
Type of eclipse
NatureTotal
Gamma-0.3626
Magnitude1.068
Maximum eclipse
Duration389 sec (6 m 29 s)
Coordinates1°42′S 98°24′E / 1.7°S 98.4°E / -1.7; 98.4
Max. width of band238 km (148 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse5:33:48
References
Saros136 (31 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000)9283

Related eclipsesEdit

Solar eclipses 1901–1902Edit

This eclipse is a member of the 1898–1902 solar eclipse semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1898–1902
Ascending node   Descending node
111 December 13, 1898
 
Partial
116 June 8, 1899
 
Partial
121 December 3, 1899
 
Annular
126 May 28, 1900
 
Total
131 November 22, 1900
 
Annular
136 May 18, 1901
 
Total
141 November 11, 1901
 
Annular
146 May 7, 1902
 
Partial
151 October 31, 1902
 
Partial

Saros 136Edit

Solar Saros 136, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on June 14, 1360, and reached a first annular eclipse on September 8, 1504. It was a hybrid event from November 22, 1612, through January 17, 1703, and total eclipses from January 27, 1721, through May 13, 2496. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 30, 2622, with the entire series lasting 1262 years. The longest eclipse occurred on June 20, 1955, with a maximum duration of totality at 7 minutes, 7.74 seconds. All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon's descending node.[1]

Series members 29–43 occur between 1865 and 2117
29 30 31
 
Apr 25, 1865
 
May 6, 1883
 
May 18, 1901
32 33 34
 
May 29, 1919
 
Jun 8, 1937
 
Jun 20, 1955
35 36 37
 
Jun 30, 1973
 
Jul 11, 1991
 
Jul 22, 2009
38 39 40
 
Aug 2, 2027
 
Aug 12, 2045
 
Aug 24, 2063
41 42 43
 
Sep 3, 2081
 
Sep 14, 2099
 
Sep 26, 2117

Inex seriesEdit

This eclipse is a part of the long period inex cycle, repeating at alternating nodes, every 358 synodic months (≈ 10,571.95 days, or 29 years minus 20 days). Their appearance and longitude are irregular due to a lack of synchronization with the anomalistic month (period of perigee). However, groupings of 3 inex cycles (≈ 87 years minus 2 months) comes close (≈ 1,151.02 anomalistic months), so eclipses are similar in these groupings.

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